Adoption was a procedure, often legal but sometimes informal, by which a person or persons took an orphaned or abandoned child in and raised them as their own.
Rom recalled when they were children, his brother Quark told everyone he was adopted in order to explain the younger boy's small lobes. (DS9: "Rivals")
Jeremiah Rossa was adopted by the Talarian Captain Endar and renamed Jono. (TNG: "Suddenly Human")
After his mother's death, Rugal was adopted by Proka Migdal. (DS9: "Cardassians")
Some people also referred to their taking in a pet as adoption. Keyla Terrana adopted her dog Rhylo when she was a puppy. (ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights")
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